Prayer Secret #13 – Pray to God the Father in the Name of Jesus

One question we have found that many Christians have on their prayer life with the Lord is who exactly should they be directing their personal prayers to – God the Father, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit?

As you will see in the Scripture verses I will give you in this article, Jesus Himself makes it very plain and very clear that we are to direct all of our personal prayers direct to God the Father.

We are not to pray direct to Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or any dead saints who are now living up in heaven.

Here are 5 very good clear verses spelling all of this out for us:

  • “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathens do.For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.

    Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:6-13)

  • “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God …” (Philippians 4:6)
  • “Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; and to You the vow shall be performed. O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.” (Psalm 65:1-2)
  • “… Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24)
  • “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

Notice several key things from these verses, along with how Jesus interacted with His Father when He was walking down here on our earth in the flesh:

1.  In the very first verse listed above, Jesus tells us to specifically pray direct to God the Father. He does not tell us to pray direct to Himself, the Holy Spirit, or to any dead saints who will be up in heaven once He dies on the cross for all of us.

If Jesus wanted us to pray to either Him or the Holy Spirit, I believe He would have included that directive in this verse. This verse is very specific in that we are to pray only to God the Father if we have any specific prayer requests that need to be met.

2.  In the second verse above, the apostle Paul once again tells us to make all of our prayer requests be made known direct to God the Father, not to Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or any dead saints who are now up in heaven by the time Paul makes this statement.

3.  The third verse above is from King David. Notice that he is addressing God the Father direct, and then makes the statement that God the Father is the One will actually “hear prayer.” Again, he is only addressing God the Father on this issue, not Jesus or the Holy Spirit.

4.  The last two verses from Jesus are now going to give us one more key piece of revelation. Not only must you pray direct to God the Father, but Jesus now wants those prayers to be done “in His name.” In other words, pray direct to God the Father in the name of Jesus.

Praying direct to God the Father in the name of Jesus means you recognize and realize that it is only through Jesus and His sacrificial death on the cross that we now have direct access to both Him and His Father in heaven. Here are two main verses that will tell us that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal salvation with God the Father:

  • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
  • “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Either we come direct to God the Father in prayer through Jesus and the blood that He has personally shed for all of us on the cross or we do not come through at all. Only a true born-again Christian has direct access to God the Father in heaven.

This is why we must always approach God the Father in prayer in the name of Jesus – as a constant reminder that it is only through Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross that we now have this incredible direct connection established with Him.

By telling God the Father that we are now praying to Him in the name of His Son Jesus, I believe He is really moved and touched by that statement, and it then puts us on a very good solid footing with Him in the prayer room.

I personally like to start out all of my prayers in the name of Jesus at the beginning of my prayer to God the Father, and depending on the length of the prayer, also include it in various parts of the prayer.

You will see us do this in all of the battle prayers that we have listed in the Spiritual Warfare and Stories and Testimonies sections of our website.

5.  If you study very carefully how Jesus interacted with the Father while He was walking down here on this earth, He was always praying direct to God the Father. There is not one instance where He prayed direct to the Holy Spirit. Jesus was obviously doing all of His miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit, but all of His actual prayers were always directed to God the Father, not to Himself or to the Holy Spirit.

I believe all of the above verses should be interpreted very literally. And if Jesus and the apostle Paul are telling us to direct all of our prayers to God the Father, then we should do exactly that and not try to direct our prayers to either Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or any dead saints who are now in heaven.

If Jesus wanted us to direct any of our personal prayers to either Him, the Holy Spirit, or to any dead saints who are now up in heaven, I believe He would have personally put that kind of revelation into the Bible.

Jesus knew full well that God was going to orchestrate that His Word and testimony would all be put into this one Holy Book. He knew this Holy Book would eventually be read by millions of people in the future, with everyone looking for spiritual guidance on how to live their lives in Him and His Father. As such, I believe that Jesus has laid out for us exactly who we are to pray to and exactly how we are to pray to Him.

I believe we can commune with, fellowship with, talk to, and worship and praise both Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

We can develop good communication and best-friend type relationships with the both of Them. But when it comes down to direct serious prayer, I believe Jesus wants all of us to direct those kinds of prayers direct to His Father, not to Himself or to the Holy Spirit.

I know some people have had some of their prayers answered when praying to Jesus. One prayer in particular is when people yell out, “Jesus,” right as they are getting ready to have a car wreck, and then God moves to save them just in the nick of time.

I believe that God does answer some of our prayers to Jesus, especially if the person does not have this knowledge that we should be praying direct to God the Father.

I believe there is some “slack” with God on this issue and that He will still help us out, even if we are not doing things quite the right way. But I still believe the above verses should be interpreted very literally – and if Jesus Himself is telling us to direct our prayers only to God the Father, then I believe we should do it that way.

Conclusion

I have seen numerous testimonies from other Christians who were not having much success in their prayer life with the Lord, as many of them were directing their personal prayers to Jesus instead of direct to God the Father.

Then once they were given this basic prayer principle from Jesus Himself, and then started to direct all of their personal prayers direct to God the Father in the name of Jesus, then many of them started to get a lot more of their personal prayers answered.

If there are any of you out there who have not had much success in your personal prayer life with the Lord, and you did not now about this particular prayer strategy from the Lord, try directing all of your personal prayers direct to God the Father instead of to Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or to any dead saints you were trying to reach up in heaven.

This one simple change in prayer strategy could completely open up the door for you in your own personal prayer life with God the Father and thus cause a lot more of your personal prayers to get actually answered by Him, since you are now following a direct specific command from His Word – the Bible!

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  1. JOHN ODOEMENEM - October 29, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I believe that whatever you ask to God in Jesus name, it shall be granted.
    But the fact that there is “holy trinity in one God” makes this quit unfathomable. In the sense that it is a mystery..
    Prayer itself is a privilege given to us by God because of his love for us. The holy spirit itself is a mediator between God the father and the son. So we must engage these trinity in every aspect of our prayer to make it complementary.
    Thanks..

  2. Sanjana - April 23, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    May the sacred heart of Jesus be praised glorified, and adored in the worl now and forever Amen . Say this prayer fir nine days. Ask St. Claire for any three favours too impossible with a lighted candle and publish this prayer on the ninth day. Believe or not your wish will be granted . Thank you for listening to my prayer lord.

  3. Vlad Pani - March 10, 2018 at 4:55 am

    The Son of God is the ACTUAL Son, the only one BEGOTTEN of the Father. And those who know it and acknowledge it have both the Son and the Father. Those who do not acknowledge the Son, don’t have the Father also.

  4. Alan Gustafson - July 22, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Finally, a website that has it right!

  5. Dinesh Ramakrishnan - June 14, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I’m praying to God, the heavenly Father in Jesus christ’s name. Sometimes I talk to Jesus Christ as a friend to direct my life and also to strengthen Holy Spirit’s presence.

    My questions are:

    * Should I talk and pray only to God, the heavenly Father?

    * Talking with Jesus Christ is right or wrong?

    • Daniel Lam - May 27, 2018 at 8:42 am

      No Dinesh Ramakrishnan, I do the same, All prayer should be directed to our triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that we can pray to one or all three, because all three are one. To the Father we pray with the psalmist, “Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray” (Psalm 5:2). To the Lord Jesus, we pray as to the Father because they are equal. Prayer to one member of the Trinity is prayer to all. Stephen, as he was being martyred, prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59). We are also to pray in the name of Christ. Paul exhorted the Ephesian believers to always give “thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). Jesus assured His disciples that whatever they asked in His name—meaning in His will—would be granted (John 15:16; 16:23).

      We are told to pray in the Spirit and in His power. The Spirit helps us to pray, even when we do not know how or what to ask for (Romans 8:26; Jude 20). Perhaps the best way to understand the role of the Trinity in prayer is that we pray to the Father, through (or in the name of) the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. All three are active participants in the believer’s prayer.

  6. james - January 12, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    John chapters 14:13,14 15:16. 16:23,24. 17:23-27. Reveal who we pray to and why. We end all prayers to the Father in Jesus’ name-thus honoring the Father who sent Him and Jesus who was sent.

  7. Ezeribe ikenna - December 30, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Well, how about the part that john14vs13-14.i will do whatever u ask for in my name so that the fathers glory will be shown through the son.if u ask me for anything in my name I will do it.. Well I think from this verse Jesus Is telling us that he answers prayers and we can pray to him directly too. May be u can have a better explanation. I don’t understand

    • :) - January 7, 2017 at 3:23 am

      For me a teenager, John 3:16,

      God loves us so much and Jesus Christ loves us also so much for they are One with the Holy spirit.

      I pray to God Father (through Jesus Christ) by the power of The Holy Spirit that is within us.

      My prayer is To God Father because Jesus said that in Bible, I Claimed Jesus in Myself as my redeemer so that by The Blood of Jesus, God Father will not see myself during prayer but Jesus Christ. For I myself is sinner. I pray to The Holy Spirit to Guide me while praying.

      And when I feel led to pray to Jesus or Holy Spirit I also make for they are one .

      • Felix - November 4, 2018 at 10:08 pm

        This is the correct order or Worshipping God.thanks to God himself the revealer

  8. Antoinette Violette - October 13, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Colossians 2.9 • Isaiah 9.6 • Hebrews 1.8

    So…praying to God is praying to Jesus Who is also God. He has showed us how He can present Himself in different formats, hence: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. The name Jesus means Jehovahah is Salvation, while Jehovah means Jesus is Salvation. There is one God.

  9. Olufelae - September 8, 2016 at 10:20 am

    if you have the Holy Spirit you need no one to teach you. Whether Jesus or the Father is still the same. You believe in the Son because he is from the Father. The Scripture is our guide and our Lord is able to make us stand. I pray using any because both God the Father and Jesus Christ are one.

  10. kenny - September 21, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Just be totally yourself when you pray to the Lord. Do not try and imitate the way other people may pray to Him. I am sure you have all seen pastors and some of our leaders really belt out some real powerful prayers to the Lord. And when you see some of these very eloquently worded prayers from some of these leaders, you will find yourself getting a bit intimidated and dismayed since you may not be able to use the same kind of language they are using.
    I like this one

  11. Raj - September 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I fully agree with the author. Let’s be open minded. If Jesus taught us to pray to God the father, why are we hesitant to do so? I do agree with the suggestion given by Mike the idea of ‘dead saints’. It’s, according to me, non-biblical. Sheryl has added a beautiful verse from 1 Tim 2:5 to stress the need of praying to God the father.

  12. Ken - June 1, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I believe we can pray to Jesus. Isaiah 9:7 tells us that His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    We can also take from Acts 16:7 that the Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of Jesus.

    I also believe that Matt 28:18 best defines the completeness of Christ when it states, “All authority in heaven & on earth has been given to me.” A quote like that tells me he can do anything because he is the great I Am.

  13. Mike - April 26, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for an explanation, however one has to expound on the Word of God. The scripture below give us clear instruction as Jesus explains to Phillip. We have direct access to God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. However . . I would urge to forget about the dead saints . . . . . it is foreign to Scripture. Be blessed.

    The Father Revealed:
    7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

    8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

    9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

    The Answered Prayer:
    12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask[c] anything in My name, I will do it.

    Jesus Promises Another Helper:
    15 “If you love Me, keep[d] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

  14. jean pierre chevrier - November 26, 2014 at 12:36 am

    no all our prayers are been fulfilled. If it is in the Will of the Father and only in His Will, then we can expect answers to our prayers. Not long ago a young girl by the name of Kena, had to undergo a very difficult operation in the brain. we all pray the Father in the name of Jesus, she was well for one month then she passed away.
    I Myself ask the father in the Name of Jesus and since 36 years to have a spouse, but no answer, nothing ….and it seems strange or it seem to caontradict the scripture when the Lord said that it was not good that man stays alone ????? or ask and yu will receive, ?????

    john

    • Bridgette - April 5, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Just, because you want marriage doesn’t mean God wants you to be married. Our wants are not always Gods wants, also you might get married in old age. Just, because we pray dpesjt mean God will say yes.

  15. Sheryl > - August 8, 2014 at 6:44 am

    A very good article. Just wanted to add one more verse. 1Tim 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

    • hunthers - October 18, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      He is human by flesh,but the Holy Spirit is in Him. or God’s Spirit is in Jesus Christ. anyway, God bless you,and you ask God that the Holy spirit will lead and teach you the whole truth. the work of God is really mystery.

  16. Keith - June 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

    You say Jesus never said to pray to Him directly ? You musta missed John 14:14

    • Michael - February 11, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Keith, great observation.

      Also we can worship him but someone says not to pray to him.

      Matthew 14:33
      Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

    • Strong Oak - July 2, 2017 at 3:03 am

      Brother you must read the text in reference to the context and in the light it was written. John 14:10 You must include this. Otherwise it is only ones own private interpretation.
      2 Peter 1:20.
      Not calling you out brother. Maybe we can help each other and others. My Fathers love and blessings to you

  17. Peter - May 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    1)You say that we must pray direct to Father! then why Jeus say thet nobody can go to the Father but only throw Him?
    2)If you believe that there is only one God and Jesus is the God (not a God) then why you dont feel like your prayers go directly to the Fther throw Jesus?

  18. Florence - October 16, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Thank you to all those who continue to contribute to these articles, may the good Lord continue to bless all of you.

  19. Michael - July 23, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Hi Sumit, my name is Michael Basumatary and I’m from India(Assam) too, I believe God purposely made me run through your comment, I would be very glad to help you know more about God our Father and His son Jesus Christ our saviour. If you respond to my comment, I will give you my contacts. God bless.

    • robert beaty - May 27, 2016 at 10:41 am

      ok i will do that…from now on

      yes i need help like when i first met you despritley

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